Laurel Public Works preparing for season's first major snowfall

The city of Laurel's first significant snowfall of the year, which is expected to begin tonight, may bring 4 to 8 inches of snow over the next two days, according to the National Weather Service.

Laurel Public Works crews will begin pre-treating 23 miles of city streets at noon today, according to the city's Facebook page. The predicted weather forecast anticipates 2 to 4 inches of snow Monday evening, with an additional 2 to 4 inches on Tuesday and less than a half-inch possible Tuesday night.

A winter weather advisory is currently in effect until 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Public Works director Robert Ferree said five, 10-ton dump trucks with salt to lay on the streets as well as several smaller trucks with plows

"We have plenty of salt on hand for this snow event," said Ferree.

On Monday afternoon, Laurel Mayor Craig Moe declared a snow emergency in effect beginning at 5 p.m. today, with the Laurel Emergency Operations Center opening at 9 p.m. During a snow emergency, parking is prohibited on the even-numbered address sides of snow emergency routes throughout the city as well as both sides of the street along state and county snow emergency routes.

Cars that are illegally parked in these areas will be ticketed, towed and impounded at the owner's expense, officials said, and can be released by the Laurel Police Department at 301-498-0092.

Residents are also reminded to clear ice and snow from sidewalks in front of their property within 12 hours after snowfall ends, as required by city ordinance. For more information, go to cityoflaurel.org/dpw/snow-removal or call Public Works at 301-725-0088.

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